Oliver Marks

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Oliver Marks consults and advises with on international digital business strategy, previously ran HP's Global Digital Enterprise Transformation team, managed the Sony PlayStation 'WorldWide Studios' collaboration and workflow environment, and has worked with the American Management Association, Sun, Docent/SumTotal Systems, Harvard Business School and McKinsey & Company. Oliver has dual US/UK citizenship, speaks at various conferences and on the occasional webinar. He is based in San Francisco. His personal site is www.olivermarks.com.

Oliver Marks professional work is defined by an objective viewpoint of the broad spectrum of vendors and options available to his clients and readers of this blog. Oliver provides an impartial perspective of vendors and is focused on contractual affiliation with end user clients in order to select appropriate solutions. As such he has no business relationships with the companies or services he recommends. The opinions, concepts and views put forward in this blog are solely those of Oliver Marks.

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Wisdom of the loud

Wisdom of the loud

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens: the trend of the loudest voices parading knowledge online and dominating conversations is slowly maturing as people realize that too much online publishing means those voices aren't doing much else...

April 9, 2012 by in Networking

Be prepared

Be prepared

It's been a difficult Easter for online computing services: The Amazon EC2 service failed and Sony's Playstation network was out of service over the important holiday break and continues to be down as I write this.Much has been written about these failures already, with plenty of debate particularly from those who doubt cloud computing's credibility.

April 26, 2011 by in Networking

Cisco's network gets a tune up

Cisco's network gets a tune up

Cisco CEO John Chambers has been bold in his experimentation with “co-ordinate and cultivate” over “command and control” at the helm of the forty billion dollar global behemoth over the last several years, as I have previously written here.Where Chambers is taking the Cisco Network next was the subject of an internal email (now made public by Cisco) which has been widely reported in the financial press and has subsequently seen Cisco's stock climb.

April 6, 2011 by in Networking

Generation 'Y do I have to do it like that?'

Generation 'Y do I have to do it like that?'

Working with international company workforces I'm often struck by the sheer diversity of individuals across cultures, age groups and skill sets who are confident in their ability to communicate and collaborate well. There seems to be a personality type that has a huge appetite for learning and using ever more frequent waves of new technology developments that is independent of any particular demographic, and who are eager to participate in group activities online or off.

March 6, 2011 by in Networking

Demilitarizing Collaboration: Designing Rules of Engagement

Demilitarizing Collaboration: Designing Rules of Engagement

The reality of working with companies to help unlock the value of collaboration is that you are typically working behind their firewalls, unable to connect with the outside world. I've just spent a great deal of time last week working in Europe in the locked down environments of global companies, talking to various constituents exploring how and where collaborative strategies will add value to their international business cultures.

June 30, 2010 by in Networking

Why 'Free Conference Calls' are like Russian Roulette

Why 'Free Conference Calls' are like Russian Roulette

When you're calling your important prospect with a free conference call number, you probably don't realize the increasing chances of getting a number unobtainable message like this as digital telco disruption escalates.Conference calls are a vital part of collaboration, with millions participating in remote meetings by telephone.

December 6, 2009 by in Networking

You are being talked about online…

You are being talked about online…

Regardless of security restrictions inside your enterprise, you and the projects you are working on are probably being talked about online. There’s always been dialog between colleagues and friends – after work in the pub, on the phone, through personal emails.

May 20, 2008 by in Networking